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$113 For An Air Mattress? Wrigleyville Airbnb Is Red Hot For Cubs Playoffs

By  Ariel Cheung Alex Nitkin and Kelly Bauer | October 14, 2016 8:27am 

 As the Cubs enter the National League Championship Series, fans can check out a host of options on Airbnb, from a house boat to a mansion.
As the Cubs enter the National League Championship Series, fans can check out a host of options on Airbnb, from a house boat to a mansion.
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WRIGLEYVILLE — Rooftop bars and local businesses aren't the only ones benefiting from the Cubs' rampage through the playoffs this October.

Residents near the ballpark know they're living on prime real estate, and thanks to peer-to-peer rental sites like Airbnb, many are cashing in.

So far this fall, rentals in the wider Lakeview neighborhood have skyrocketed over previous years, according to Airbnb. The site logged nearly 5,800 guest stays this September, compared with just over 3,800 in September 2015.

And as the Cubs gear up for Game 1 of the NLCS on Saturday, the market for rentals is only getting hotter.

Up for grabs are a wide range of spots, from spare air mattresses to house boats to three-bedroom penthouses. Here are a few that stand out (prices include taxes and fees):

Need something cheap? Best you can get is $113 for an air mattress:

Nothing is cheap in Wrigleyville these days, so even if you're squatting on an air mattress in the living room of this one-bedroom apartment, you'll be shelling out $113 per night. The good news is the hosts of the one-bedroom apartment near Southport and Addison are "very welcoming and accommodating," its reviews say. The space comes with 24-hour parking passes, air conditioning and use of the kitchen, dining room and back patio.

Or go all out on this $3,800 mansion:

With six bedrooms, 16 guests can live it up quite comfortably in this home near Ashland and Grace streets. Complete with a pool, indoor fireplace, theater room and a huge back patio, this Wrigleyville mansion might be so difficult to leave you never make it to Wrigley Field at all.

Be straight floatin' on a boat:

While October might be a tad chilly for a dip in Lake Michigan, what better says luxury than living on a boat for a weekend? The 40-foot L'Argo comfort cruiser has two full bathrooms and is docked at Belmont Harbor.

The hosts promise skylights, fine linens and 6 feet of headroom for $1,195 per night. They'll also take guests out for a morning or evening sailing excursion. Bon voyage!

The writing's on the wall:

For those who wish to live in a home with as much art as physically possible, this antique-filled penthouse is a vintage shop dream. While it's near the Diversey Brown Line station, that's just a couple stops to Belmont. And it's worth it to stay in a home filled with six chandeliers, 55+ framed pictures and ornate carpets that look like they belonged to Queen Victoria.

Sure, it's $1,051 per night, but the view of the skyline alone is pretty amazing — not to mention the chance to dwell in a home where every available inch of space is covered with something interesting.

Live out your sports fantasies in this three-bedroom:

The owner of this three-bedroom house is a clear fan of Chicago sports. Along with a framed Bears jersey and huge print of former Chicago Bull Joakim Noah, there are several Cleveland Browns players represented as larger-than-life vinyl wall decals.

For $1,219 per night, house guests will be in the heart of Wrigleyville near Clark, Sheffield and Newport. Considering the money you'll save on Uber, it might be worth it.

The price is so, so right:

For $380 per night, stay in this two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo near Addison and Racine. With free parking permits, in-unit washer and room for four people, it's one of the most affordable options near Wrigley Field, if you're looking to have the entire home to yourself. Otherwise, there are lots of shared spaces in the $200 range, as well.

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